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Former Gov. Bob List, now a member of the Republican National Committee, urged the governor to appoint Heller to the seat as Nevada Democrats quickly began their campaign to influence Sandoval’s decision.

“Nevada needs a senator who is focused on creating jobs and protecting our middle class, not ending Medicare as we know it and giving more tax breaks to the rich, like Dean Heller is trying to do,” Nevada Democratic Party spokesman Zach Hudson said.


Associated Press writers Sandra Chereb in Carson City and David Espo in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report.